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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm has clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 216 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this particular card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 51 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 470 4GB should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
Difference: 99312 (89%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 4GB is a lot (about 186%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 77056 (186%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 470 4GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 16128 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13504 (84%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm Radeon RX 470 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year December 22, 2008 August 2016
Code Name G200b Polaris 10
Memory 896 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 576 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 1998 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 111888 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41472 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 16128 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 216 2048
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
Render Output Units 28 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 448-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 55 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1400 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

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Radeon RX 470 4GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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